Hypatia of Alexandria

Intro: While registering for a Waterloo full solution contest, I notice the name of the grade 11 version - Hypatia. However the name looks familiar, but I don’t remember learning about her … [Read more...]

Barbara McClintock

Early Life and Studies Barabara McClintock (c) Adam Cuerden (CC0) Barabara McClintock was born on June 16, 1902 in Hartford, Connecticut, USA to Henry and Sara Handy McClintock. From a young age … [Read more...]

International Women’s Day Celebration: Dr. Jennifer Doudna

To celebrate International Women’s Day, this blog post will be centered around the work of Dr. Jennifer Doudna, who discovered the molecular tool known as clustered regularly interspaced short … [Read more...]

Growing Bacteria in Petri Dishes – Part 2

As I mentioned in the "Part One" of this blog post, I did an experiment using nutrient agar plates to grow bacteria. I had one question to answer: How do different household cleaning products affect … [Read more...]

The Many Uncontrollable Factors for Cancer

By Maia Poon According to the American Cancer Society, “Almost everyone knows someone who has had cancer.” The risk of having cancer is a serious concern for many people, especially those whose … [Read more...]

Microwaving Grapes… to Create Plasma?

By Xavier Lam For the past two decades, scientists could not explain the phenomenon of a grape being microwaved, and creating a flashy spark of hot ionized gas (plasma). However, scientists from … [Read more...]

Hypnotizing: Should We Try It?

I had recently watched a video about hypnotizing. For all this time, I expected it to be like the "evil doings" and manipulations like in movies. Turns out, hypnotizing actually has benefits, and it's … [Read more...]

The Zombie Deer Disease

deer (c) Berg, W J (CC0) What is it? The chronic wasting disease, also known as the zombie deer disease, affects the neurological state of deer's such as white-tailed deer, mule deer, reindeer, … [Read more...]

Wound healing; should I pick that scab?

To all the kids that have tripped and fallen on the playground, I feel you guys... On a more serious note, scrapes and scratches are almost inevitable to a human being. Likewise, at a recent … [Read more...]

What is Quantum Computing?

By Xavier Lam Quantum computing works by making use of subatomic particles that are able to exist in more than one state at a time. Using these particles, operations can be done faster and more … [Read more...]